Big Things Happening in Pittsburgh

Attraction Update
Carnegie Museum of Art is slated to open the Balcony Gallery on April 8. The newly renovated exhibition space will showcase the museum’s collection of decorative arts objects, with an emphasis on Modernist and contemporary design and craft. The Balcony Gallery’s inaugural exhibition “Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood”, focuses on the materials, forms and techniques used to create stunning handmade objects inspired by functional traditions.

Event Update
More than 22,000 people registered to participate in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, making it a sellout, according to race organizers. Events during race weekend, May 14-15, include a marathon, half marathon, team relay, kids’ race and a 5K. In 2010, about 16,000 runners participated in the race.

In The News
CONSOL Energy Center – the National Hockey League’s first Gold LEED-certified arena and home to the Pittsburgh Penguins – was named “Best New Major Concert Venue” in the country at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. CONSOL opened in August 2010 with two sold-out shows by Paul McCartney.

Spring Outings
Spring Flower Show – Through April 24
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Phipps' annual Spring Flower Show showcases the beauty of spring gardens and celebrates wind, earth's most ethereal element. Seven indoor gardens feature tulips, daffodils and other spring favorites along with kites, sailboats, mobiles and other playful wind elements.

Art in Bloom – April 14-16
Carnegie Museum of Art
Exotic and imaginative floral displays inspired by great works of art are on view in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s galleries. Regional garden clubs, local organizations and florists create stunning floral displays in a spectrum of styles, filling the galleries with the season’s most vibrant colors and loveliest fragrances.

The Pittsburgh Power Arena Football Team kicked off its first season in March, with home games scheduled through July 10. Steelers Nation may be interested in knowing that former Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swann is part owner of the new arena football team.

Looking Ahead
Three Rivers Arts Festival – June 3-12
Downtown Pittsburgh
This 10-day annual free festival combines visual arts exhibitions, public installations, musical and dance performances, a fine arts and crafts market and lots of family fun.

Pittsburgh Pride Fest – June 12
Downtown Pittsburgh
The day-long Pride March and Festival brings people from around the region for food, music and entertainment, all in celebration of our diversity.